Top 10 states for education in 2018, according to CNBC

CNBC recently released a ranking of the top states in America for education as part of their annual Top States for Business report.

To create the ranking, CNBC analyzed publicly available data from federal government databases and advocacy groups—from the Department of Education to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association—to measure education performance in each state. Analysts considered each state's support for K-12 schools, test scores, class size, technology infrastructure, number of higher education institutions, and availability of lifelong learning opportunities.

According to their analysis, here are the top 10 states for education:

1. Massachusetts
2. New Hampshire
3. Nebraska
3. New York
5. Minnesota
6. Virginia
7. Pennsylvania
7. New Jersey
9. Connecticut
10. Vermont

Related: The 10 best—and worst—college towns for 2018, ranked

The results of CNBC's report fall in line with previous state education rankings. Massachusetts, CNBC's top state for education, is also the most educated state in the country, according to WalletHub. And an additional six of the top 10 states on WalletHub's ranking also appear on CNBC's list.

But state profiles for higher education tell a different story. Florida—which ranks 36th on CNBC's report—was ranked as the top state for higher education this year by U.S. News & World Report. Unlike CNBC's overall education ranking, U.S. News rewarded states with low tuition costs, which helped states like Florida receive strong scores on metrics like student debt (CNBC report, 7/10; Cohn, CNBC, 7/10).

See a snapshot of hot skills, employers, and jobs in each state


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